Our 19 March auction was enormously successful, far exceeding its pre-sale estimates, reaching $5,794,000, over $2 million above the high estimate (est. $2.3/3.4 million). The auction was led by works from the important and historic Tamashige Tibet Collection which included examples of rare and important thangkas, sculptures and ritual objects from the collection of Mr. Yoshitomo Tamashige, one of the pioneering and preeminent Japanese collectors of Tibetan art. Almost 83% of lots sold with over 94% of lots sold bringing at or above their pre-sale estimates. The top lots of the sale all exceeded pre-sale estimates.
Sotheby’s upcoming auction on March 19, 2014 features a magnificent selection of works of art of the highest caliber and storied provenance. Highlights include a significant collection of published Himalayan thangkas and bronzes from the distinguished Tamashige Tibet Collection, including a rare and important Tibeto-Chinese bronze depicting the bodhisattva Tara from the Yongle period; excellent examples of early West Tibetan bronze sculpture; and an excellent selection of Indian miniature painting and stone sculpture including very fine works from the Gandharan period.
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